Travel stocks fall after France attack, weigh on European shares

viernes 15 de julio de 2016 11:59 GYT

* Travel stocks fall after attack in French city of Nice

* Swatch shares slump after profit warning

* Richemont shares also dragged lower by Swatch (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon - see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)

By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Alistair Smout

LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) - The shares of European travel and leisure companies fell on Friday, weighing on the region's stock markets, after an attack in the French city of Nice that killed more than 80 people.

A gunman at the wheel of a heavy truck ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day late on Thursday, killing at least 84 people and injuring scores more in what French President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index slipped 0.2 percent, with France's CAC equity index down by 0.3 percent.

The STOXX Europe 600 Travel & Leisure index dropped by around 1.2 percent.

French hotels operator Accor, Europe's largest hotel group, fell 3 percent, while shares in airlines such as Air France-KLM, easyJet and Thomas Cook dropped by between 1.6 and 4.2 percent.   Continuación...